Kazakhstan: unprecedented acts of the regime’s terror against civilians and the Russian-led CSTO’s military intervention

Kazakhstan: unprecedented acts of the regime’s terror against civilians and the Russian-led CSTO’s military intervention

14.01.2022

This report is based on data, video and photo materials from eyewitnesses, activists, human rights defenders, peaceful protesters from more than 60 cities and villages in Kazakhstan, where protests were held. It also contains references to statements of the US, the EEAS, international organisations such as the UN, the OSCE, media outlets. In order to ensure safety of eyewitnesses, their names are not mentioned. Co-authors of this report, Raigul Sadyrbayeva and Aiya Sadvakasova, have been arrested under politically motivated criminal cases for their human rights activities. The authors of this report express their gratitude for all informants and volunteers, who contributed to this report despite risking their lives and freedom. The authors of the report extend their condolences to families, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives during these mass repressions. We strongly believe that the truth must be unravelled and perpetrators must be held accountable.

ODF and 10 partners release an appeal about protests in Kazakhstan

ODF and 10 partners release an appeal about protests in Kazakhstan

05.01.2022

On 5 January 2022, 10 Human Rights NGOs, including the Open Dialogue Foundation, issued an appeal on the current protests taking place in Kazakhstan. Against the backdrop of the massive street protests against the government and the Nazarbayev regime, which were met with widespread repression, ODF and its partners have condemned the government’s violence and […]

Canadian MP urges targeted sanctions on Kazakhstani prison official

Canadian MP urges targeted sanctions on Kazakhstani prison official

02.12.2021

Canadian MP and freedom fighter Tom Kmiec has appealed for intervention to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Chong, drawing his attention to gross human rights violations during the detention of the political prisoner Iskander Yerimbetov. Based on the passage of Canada’s Magnitsky legislation, the Canadian MP has urged the Minister to impose targeted sanctions on Azamat Iztleuov, a prison official responsible for continued abuse of human rights in Kazakhstan. Iztleuov has participated in designating certain prisoners for abuse and torture including Yerimbetov. He has also removed the video surveillance equipment from the cell in which Yerimbetov was tortured, and has further denied him the right to counsel and medical treatment.

Political Persecution of Barlyk Mendygaziyev

Political Persecution of Barlyk Mendygaziyev

11.08.2021

The political persecution of Barlyk Mendygaziyev is yet another example of how the Nazarbayev regime is taking hostages to fight political opponents. Barlyk Mendygaziyev is a businessman, philanthropist and human rights activist from Aksai, West-Kazakhstan Region living in the United States.

Online event: “Targeted Sanctions as a Tool to Safeguard Human Rights. The EU Legal Framework and National Initiatives”

Online event: “Targeted Sanctions as a Tool to Safeguard Human Rights. The EU Legal Framework and National Initiatives”

20.07.2021

On 15 April 2021, ODF co-hosted an online conference on the new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime and the effectiveness of personal (targeted) sanctions in safeguarding human rights. The event was co-organised in partnership with the Italian Federation for Human Rights, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Freedom Kazakhstan Foundation and the Global Committee for […]

“Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions” – an online discussion with HRDs & MEPs

“Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions” – an online discussion with HRDs & MEPs

12.07.2021

On 21 June 2021 the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), together with the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU), organized the online panel “Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses”. Hosted by ODF President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, the event gathered human rights defenders and an MEP affected by China’s countermeasures to discuss the reactions […]

The Open Dialogue Foundation welcomes the adoption of a European Parliament resolution on strengthening the EU sanctions regime

The Open Dialogue Foundation welcomes the adoption of a European Parliament resolution on strengthening the EU sanctions regime

12.07.2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) and the Global Committee for the Rule of Law (GCRL) welcome the adoption in the European Parliament of a resolution on strengthening the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime (GHRSR), following a debate during the plenary session of 6 July 2021. The resolution, […]

The Open Dialogue Foundation supports the strengthening of the European Union’s sanctions regime

The Open Dialogue Foundation supports the strengthening of the European Union’s sanctions regime

06.07.2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation, together with the Italian Federation for Human Rights and the Global Committee for the Rule of Law, has signed a letter addressed to Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in support of strengthening the European Union’s sanctions regime with more Magnitsky-style tools. Download letter The signatories have […]

Invitation to an online event — Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses

Invitation to an online event — Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses

18.06.2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights and Freedom Kazakhstan Foundation invite you to attend the online event “Authoritarian countermeasures to targeted sanctions: China’s and other autocratic responses”. On Monday, 21 June 2021, our distinguished guests will gather to discuss Russia’s and China’s countermeasures in response to the EU’s first designations under the new EU Global […]

Invitation to an online event: “Targeted sanctions: a tool to safeguard human rights”

Invitation to an online event: “Targeted sanctions: a tool to safeguard human rights”

08.04.2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Italian Federation for Human Rights,  the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Freedom Kazakhstan Foundation & the Global Committee for the Rule of Law invite you to attend the online event “TARGETED SANCTIONS: A TOOL TO SAFEGUARD HUMAN RIGHTS. THE EU FRAMEWORK AND NATIONAL INITIATIVES IN EUROPE AND OVERSEAS” Thursday, 15 April 2021, 14:00 […]

ODF amongst the organisations who call on the EU to sanction human rights abusers in Turkey

ODF amongst the organisations who call on the EU to sanction human rights abusers in Turkey

22.12.2020

On 15 December 2020, The Open Dialogue Foundation signed a joint statement together with 10 other NGOs demanding relevant bodies of the EU to examine the current situation in Turkey in the context of the Global Human Rights Sanction regime and to impose sanctions on those who violate human rights in the country. The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, a volunteer organisation defending prosecuted lawyers and human rights defenders, initiated the joint statement.

Political killings in Kazakhstan and the need to impose personal sanctions. Our intervention at the OSCE meeting

Political killings in Kazakhstan and the need to impose personal sanctions. Our intervention at the OSCE meeting

13.11.2020

On 10 November 2020, our advocacy officer Maksym Sytnikov brought attention to the murder of human rights activist and blogger Dulat Agadil in February 2020 during an OSCE meeting. The session was held on the topic: the role of society in advancing the right to freedom of religion or belief for all. In this context, the prosecution of a minimum of 183 people for taking part in the memorial ceremonies in honour of Dulat demonstrates the worsening human rights situation in Kazakhstan.

Human Rights Day: EU adopts its new global human rights sanction regime

Human Rights Day: EU adopts its new global human rights sanction regime

14.10.2020

In the light of the recent celebration of the International Human Rights Day, we would like to highlight the recent announcement of the EU to adopt a new Global Human Rights Sanction Regime and ODF’s campaign for the adoption of Magnitsky style sanctions in the EU, its national parliaments and overseas. On 7 December, 2020, the […]

Political Killing in Kazakhstan. List of persons to be subjected to sanctions regarding the case of Dulat Agadil

Political Killing in Kazakhstan. List of persons to be subjected to sanctions regarding the case of Dulat Agadil

01.10.2020

1. Introduction Download the report Dulat Agadil is a well-known human rights activist and blogger who lived in the village of Talapker near Nur-Sultan (Astana). Dulat Agadil was one of the most famous leaders of the protest movement in Kazakhstan (especially in the Kazakh-speaking environment). He took part in rallies and protest of the opposition […]

Magnitsky sanctions against officials misappropriating COVID-19 funds. Appeal to the U.S. government

Magnitsky sanctions against officials misappropriating COVID-19 funds. Appeal to the U.S. government

09.07.2020

ODF joined the appeal of other 23 leading international NGOs to U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, and Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Terner Mnuchin, addressing human rights and corruption concerns in times of COVID-19 in authoritarian governments.